Commentary

Pumpkins shouldn’t be scary

The leaves are falling, October is nearing its end, and Halloween is just around the corner. Now is the time for pumpkin spice in almost everything from coffee to ice cream; breads, puddings, and even the leaves have taken on the very color of orange. As we walk around neighborhoods we see ...

Aging gracefully

I don't know how long I will be writing these articles for the OBSERVER, as it would appear that I am not far from the end of my sojourn on earth. With the leaves turning color this October, I will celebrate - Wednesday, Oct. 21 - 88 years on this good earth. They have been a good 88 years.I ...

Parade committee’s actions appalling

By RICHARD MAKUCHAs a veteran of the U.S. Navy and the Army, I am appalled by the actions of a Silver Creek parade committee.It is very obvious that the officials of this parade never served their country in the military. They placed the veterans in the back of the parade. After the vets ...

Bills incorrect, inconvenience

The village of Gowanda is very unfriendly to taxpayers. The village was almost two weeks late in sending out their water bills.Any normal business would have extended the time frame by two weeks to pay the bill. Not the village of Gowanda, they expect the residents to pay the bill giving them ...

Savoring the flavors of fall

As the leaves change and scarecrows pop out of corn fields all across Western New York, it's time to get your oven's baking! October is my favorite month, it holds the dates for my birthday and anniversary!This year I turn 33 and my husband and I celebrate our 15-year marriage! Time for ...

Marching orders

In response to your article "Sour Grapes" (Sept. 27), I wish to respond.I am the treasurer of the American Legion Hanover Memorial Post 148 in Silver Creek. I was participating in the parade at the Grape Festival in the color guard.We have always led the parade and we always show up a short ...

Roblin workers grateful for final reunion

The former employees of Roblin Steel want to thank the OBSERVER for the outstanding coverage we received for our last reunion (Sept. 19, 2015). The turnout was a success, thanks to the OBSERVER.We also want to thank Doug Jaffray and the Con Club for their contributions.And of course, all the ...

Do we really know what we’re eating?

Bill number H.R. 1599 has passed the House of Representatives and is on its way to the Senate. So What? you may ask. The two names this bill goes by say everything about it. . Organic farmers call H.R. 1599 the DARK (Deny Americans the Right to Know) act. Tom Reed and Monsanto call this bill ...

Talking about good stuff and respect, too

How many of you remember Felix Tyszko? I admired that man and I have some of his writings. He wrote:1. Forsake not the honey, for fear of the sting. 2. Judge me not by my deeds, but by my intentions. This one is cute: "When my cup of joy is filled to the brim, someone always hits my elbow!"What ...

We must move away from abyss

After reading several recent articles in the OBSERVER, I am convinced that Chautauqua County could be poised on the edge of a very dark and deep abyss and no one realizes it or seems to care.Some elected leaders seem to live in a Pollyannish dream world where logic is defied and there is ...

Quick position with little research

Former Barack Obama aide and Congressional candidate John Plumb irresponsibly announced earlier this month that he has taken a position on the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement without having read the agreement.The negations over the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement were only ...

Finding ‘Duck!’

I no longer know when the wanderlust began but, by early October 1992, I was actively searching for a way out of Warren.Nothing permanent - not for starters. But a place that could become permanent if my mood (and confidence) ran in that direction.I went to Torpedo - well, someplace outside it ...

All religions, even Christian, welcome in U.S.

People who claim America was founded as a Christian nation have part of the truth. Sheer numbers as a gauge of national identity render the statement true in the sense that most of this continent's settlers practiced Christianity in their Dutch and English homelands. Likewise, 70 percent of ...

The Pope and his pronouncements

With tremendous fanfare, Pope Francis recently visited the United States. President Obama lavished him with praise, "Your Holiness, in your words and deeds, you set a profound moral example. You shake our conscience from slumber."He became the first pope to address a joint session of the ...

Committee wants a better city

I'd like to reintroduce the community of Dunkirk to the Citizen's Advisory Committee. The mission of the CAC is to meet and discuss issues of concern and offer suggestions and ideas to the Common Council and mayor for the betterment of the residents of Dunkirk.The CAC serves as another set of ...

Help for the bullies, victims

"Bullying is for people which don't have any confidence at all, so everyone which is being bullied always remember; they are scared of you. You have something that they don't and that makes them bully you. Don't let any words from bullies affect you because they are the ones, which need ...

Competency counts in campaign

It appears that we are already in the 2016 Presidential election campaign mode. What role does the candidates' competence and likeability play in this election dynamic? Time will tell. But, in my view, they are key.Likeability is a treasure and unquestionable competence is essential. In an ...

‘Action’ is lacking at city hospital

This is an open letter to Brooks Memorial Hospital:On Sept. 20, Brooks Hospital issued a paid advertisement open letter to our community stating how it "remains committed to serving our communities by providing access to high quality personalized health care."Could I relate a personal ...

All men can be pigs … even frogs

Uh, oh, there's big trouble in puppet land that has leaked over into some human feminists circles. One can even say, "The bacon has hit the fan." Outrage has come to the boiling point based on a rumor out there in social media that Kermit the Frog has committed an outrageous act of ...

Violence in our society … and our homes

When I was a kid growing up in the 1950s Saturday morning cartoons were a staple of life. Bugs Bunny and Friends, Rocky and Bullwinkle, Yogi Bear and Mighty Mouse came into our living rooms with their antics; and while Bugs wasn't very kind to his nemesis Daffy Duck, no real harm came to him. ...